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. c>> first, this morning's teczb bites. >>> new social features headed to netflix next year. congress passed netflix amendment to privacy protection act allowing customers to share viewing habits on facebook and other socialmbi!÷ networks. privacy provision dropped by the senate, the bill headed to the president keeps language that allows law enforcement to that allows law enforcement  a warrant. zuckerberg got a privay lesson tripped up by the site's privacy policy and a family photo she posted for friendsv:whap sharedx>> good morning. you are looking live and emeryville. you won't see rain it is dry across the bay area only a break so enjoy it while you can. now. >>> business as usual for shoppers when the doors open this morning at are den fair mall in sacramento. -- the mall was unlock down yesterday after a fight broke out in the food court. you can see people running. police say the fight invo
that is operating secret otherwise. >> when congress passes a law, something massive as the 2 2,409 page affordable care tract is the beginning. they are given authority to issue regulation to spell out how the law will be enforced but not before giving the public a chance to weigh in. in 1993, president clinton called executive order to call on agencies to provide minimum of 60 days for public input. three new proposed regulation for obamacare assigned 30 days and will get 24. with the comment period set to end in the week between christmas and new year's. one of the regulation runs more than 400 pages. regulatory experts say it creates nearly impossible task. fully vetting the proposal and submitting in-depth comment by the deadline. >> very few people are aware that the regulatory process allows for public to comment. because of that, a lot of the agencies work in secret. >> americans for limited government sent letters to the administration asking why it's flagrantly ignoring the appropriate comment period. expressing concern about the large number of new regulatory actions that are being under
of 100 on the f.d.a. shortage list. >> axelrod: jon, congress passed legislation last july giving the f.d.a. more authority to deal with cancer drug shortages. i'm wondering what's become of that. >> reporter: jim, that new law has made a big difference, and the key provision is the requirement that drug manufacturers let the f.d.a. know when there's an impending shortage. since that new law has passed, there has been a doubling of the notifications. the f.d.a. can increase imports from abroad and tell other manufacturers in the united states to step up production. so it's made a big difference. now, another provision in that law is that the f.d.a. set up a task force looking at other possible solutions to the drug shortage crisis, and they're required to submit that report to congress by this coming july. >> axelrod: dr. jon lapook, thank you. china now has the longest high- speed train line in the world. it runs 1,400 miles from beijing to the city of guangjo, about the distance from new york to miami. the chinese train can make the trip in eight hours. it would take amtrak 30 hours.
on new year's eve and could default unless congress passes legislation to permit more borrowing. >>> the passage of proposition 30 gave governor brown the extra money he wanted for california schools. now he's working on a proposal to differencevy up the funds. eats work -- divvy up the funds. >> he wants to return more accountability, authority and decision-making down to local school districts because teachers, administrators and parents have a better sense of what their local priority are than people here in sacramento do. >> the governor's proposal will be included in his new budget set to be released next month. >>> california is losing out on federal vouchers provided from the no child left behind law. according to a report in the san jose perkry news, the state was notified last friday. it requires yearly improvements in test scores and punishes districts that don't achieve the goals. state educators say the goal is realistic. . >>> adoptions between american families and russian children could soon end. now that russia's president is expected to sign a bill into law by t
are headed to netflix next year. congress passed the so-called netflix amendment to the protection act allowing customers of the giants to share viewing habits on facebook and other social networks. a key provision has been dropped by the senate quietly. the bill keeps the language that currently allows law enforcement to read private e- mails without a warrant. >>> meanwhile randy zuckerberg got a privacy lesson. the sister of facebook's founder got tripped up by the site's privacy policy and a family photo was shared publicly over twitter. >>> a sprint salesman told a customer who wanted to buy an iphone that his fingers were too fat to buy a product and he needed is samsung instead. those are your -- a samsung instead. those are your techbytes, i'm mohammed lilo. >>> 12 minutes after 6:00. thank you for joining us. this morning. storms in texas stranded hundreds of people. not allowing them the get no their christmas destinations and several american airline passengers said they were struck on the tarmac for more than three hours which actually would be a violation of federal rules
is not as firm. congress could pass a temporary measure early in the new year doubled will back any changes. political analysts warn some consequences may be immediate. there may be a tremendous response from financial markets and the stock market. that would alarm everybody. stock prices are hearty dropping friday after a plan -- are already dropping after a plan. a poll shows nearly half of americans are doubtful the sides can settle their differences. >> taxes will go up and the 30 million households at least. that is something politicians will respond to it. >> house republican leaders called on the senate to pass two bills this it would avoid the as a booklet. republicans said the lines of communications are still open but the house will not react until the senate does. >> as we ring in the new year next week, maryland will enact new laws. some key provisions that go into effect on the first. >> about a dozen state laws will go into effect when the clock reaches midnight next tuesday. we picked a few of them to highlight some of them may have heard about already. some of them, maybe no
, congress passed the fisa amendments act, the bill that we are considering on this floor today. we're considering a reauthorization. this law gave the government new surveillance authorities, but it also included a sunset provision to ensure that congress examines where the law is working and the way it was intended. now, the debate we're having right now on this floor is that reexamination. i will just note that i think it's unfortunate that we're doing this at the last second. we have known that this intelligence law is going to expire for years. it was laid out for a multiyear span. and certainly, it is irresponsible for this chamber to be debating this bill under a falsely created pressure that it needs to be done without any amendments in order to match the bill from the house. that is a way of expressing debate on critical issues here in america. if you care about the fourth amendment, if you care about privacy, you should be arguing that we should either create a very short-term extension or -- to have this debate fully or that we should have this debate months ago so it cou
social features to it streaming media service in the u.s.. >> the company confirms that the congress passed a bill that drops restrictions on sharing user's video rental history. these revisions now with president obama signature before becoming law. >> lifting the restrictions allowing net flicks his additional there was also to media outlets by facebook and twitter. >> the new feature will be available to use in the u.s. starting the new year. >> continuing to track gas price across the bay area the average price of private picture posted by mark zuckerbergs sister on a parcel that the profile of the lead. facebook marketing directors of following them posted on twitter count for more than $40,000 to sea. >> and his sister ready to it at the facebook directors and a picture was meant for france only. >> content to dry gas price across bay area the average price per gallon of regular gasoline remains at three rows in sentences col. $3.49 and oakland. $3.50 in san jose. and at $3 system to sent here in california statewide. >> to toyota settled with our orders over unintended acceler
congress passes legislation or defaults. treasury secretary tim traders said the treasury would begin to undertake "extraordinary measures to stave off default quote that could $3,200,000,000,000 of additional funding which would give them two more months this is creative accounting. we have many. lori: the overspending is the understatement. the bond yield is lower investors are thinking this is the safest bet stocks are falling the dow was off 100 points europe is a mess in china slows down the global economy in dire straits and we cannot stop spending there is no message in interest rates are rising as they should to prepare for another downgrade which is very concerning talking about the economic data data, consumer confidence falls over fiscal cliff uncertainty and warning the government is set to hit the legal borrowing limit by a monday. we have bill rodgers from rutgers university professor who is the perfect guest. >> happy holidays. lori: starting with consumer confidence if you look at the psychological impact of the fiscal clift debacle. >> prior to the holidays with a con
boehner have not spoken since yesterday but shortly after the final talk the president urged congress to pass at least a scaled down measure to avoid going over the fiscal cliff. now unless both sides can agree on anything close to $1 trillion in spending cuts and tax increases will go into effect beginning new year's day. from there megan some are projecting the country compound find itself in -- could find itself in another recession. >>> even starbucks is getting into the fight over the fiscal cliff. the coffee company's ceo wants the workers in the d.c. area stores to write come together on the coffee cups they serve today and tomorrow. he says it's the company's way of respectfully telling politicians they need to find common ground. >> the people would get in the room and leave their ego behind, and not be so skewed to the party but be so sensitive to the lens of the american people we will have an agreement. >> this is just a suggestion from the ceo. he says that baristas won't be forced to write anything but a customer's name on the cup. charlie with your nonfat triple skim ex
. there was a very heated debate. congress passed the fisa amendments act of 2008, and that was to replace the warrantless wiretapping program with new authorities for the government to collect the phone calls and emails of those believed to be foreigners outside the united states. now, the centerpiece of the fisa amendments act, mr. president, is a provision that is now section 702 of the fisa statute. section 702 is the provision that gave the government new authorities to collect the communications of people who are believed to be foreigners outside the united states. and this was different than the original fisa statute. unlike the traditional fisa authorities and unlike law enforcement wiretapping authorities, section 702 of the fisa amendments act does not involve obtaining individual warrants. instead, it allows the government to get what's called a programmatic warrant, lasts for an entire year, and authorizes the government to collect a potentially large number of phone calls and e-mails with no requirement that the senders or recipients be connected to terrorism, espionage, the t
congress to pass a farm bill. >> it would be to fold it in the farm bill but thane is not moving. >> eleanor holmes nor top held a press conference with vincent gray to call on the house republicans to restore the district vote on the house floor that was taken away last year. the change would give her to give her ability to proposed changes but not on the passal of legislation itself. >> imagine being fired for being too good looking and find out that the law is not on your side. also guns may be coming to a school near you. find out what is thinking about arming. and the grapevine is up next. >> doug: now fresh pickings from the political grapevine. arizona could soon have guns in schools. the state attorney general proposed program to train one person at each school to use a firearm. mission to the training, the school principal or designated staff member would have access to a secured firearm on school grounds. the a.g. said the proposal is analogous to pilots on planes. democratic minority at the statehouse fired back saying this is a simple horribly, horrible idea. plan wou
farm economy, which we currently kind of have. congress always passes a farm bill or renews one that is in effect. they do it, because if they don't do it, the farm legislation lapses and we revert to farm laws between 1938 and '39. the house has not even voted on its version. congress doing nothing about even the stuff everyone is paying attention to, not to mention being famously not in session, it seems highly unlikely the house is going to get it done in time. so what? here's what, in one example. if there is no new farm bill six days from now, the government will have to abide by the provisions of a 19 49d law regarding milk. that would require them to buy milk from dairy farmers at hugely inflated prices. if that law takes effect again in 2013, the government will be forced to pay double what it currently pays for milk. for a short time it will be awesome for dairy farmers, they can sell as much milk as they can to make a ton of money. even dairy farmers know that the windfall will be bad news real quick. the government run on milk will lead to shortages for people who buy
in place. >> they'll have time enough after the new congress is seated to pass legislation thand eithe extend our previous farm bill or perhaps even pass a new farm bill. >> reporter: but eventually congress will have to agree on something. or a staple at the dinner table could soon turn into a luxury. stephanie gosk, nbc news, chicago. >>> and up next, a new list of some of the like, you know, most annoying words. to the best vacation spot on earth. (all) the gulf! it doesn't matter which of our great states folks visit. mississippi, alabama, louisiana or florida, they're gonna love it. shaul, your alabama hospitality is incredible. thanks, karen. love your mississippi outdoors. i vote for your florida beaches, dawn. bill, this louisiana seafood is delicious. we're having such a great year on the gulf, we've decided to put aside our rivalry. now is the perfect time to visit anyone of our states. the beaches and waters couldn't be more beautiful. take a boat ride, go fishing or just lay in the sun. we've got coastline to explore and wildlife to photograph. and there's world class dinin
. the tax agency has warned congress that if no new policy is passed, the irs will need to reprogram its computers, forcing a delay in filings and tax refunds until march of 2013. president obama and members of congress are set to return for one day more of talks to avert spending cuts at the same time tax cuts expire. one alternative being floated - congress may let income taxes go up on everyone one tick past the stroke of midnight, then quickly vote to decrease tax rates for most americans back to 2012 levels. meanwhile, starbucks ceo howard schultz wants his employees to send a message and scrall, "come together," on cups for drink orders in the d.c. area. it's the first time employees have been asked to write anything other than customers' names on cups. former members of a regulatory agency are walking the well worn path from washington to wall street. since june, 9 members of the commodity futures trading commission have taken jobs at financial firms including jpmorgan chase and japanese investment bank nomura, according to the wall street journal. members of the cftc have been ma
republicans to pass the deal. is congress any closer to a compromise? >> a small village in the dominican republic has a new school thanks in part to local administrator. i have details, next. >> of baltimore school administrator is making a difference around the globe. >> this is great. she volunteered for a week in dominican republic and helped build a new school their. >> claire donehower is the assistant principal at the kennedy krieger school in baltimore. she took on another role as a volunteer in a mission to the dominican republic. >> i think it was a unique chance to take my love of working with kids and bring it into a completely different area. >> she was one of 40 volunteers chosen to complete the elementary school in a small village. they did everything from building walls with cinderblocks to painting to stuccoing. but her favorite part was interacting with the community. >> it was such a powerful experience and different than i expected. i wanted to save everyone from the poverty that they live in, and really, there is so much in that community that is rich and generous. if
passed by congress that removes restrictions on companies sharing video rental history, once it is allowed to do that netflix users will be able to share information with >m facebook that is business news live at the new york stock exchange, ellen brightman, bloomberg . >>> mike is here with a look at the forecast and our little bitty break. >> you are coming up with a lot of neat technical terms. little bitty break, like that.wy the rain. can see cloud cover starting to open up=/w, as we k down to the south from our roof cam at the embarcadero center with the lights still on, ferry building to the bay bridge, good news, no rain out of these clouds. doppler tracking waiting for anything to fall, it is not going to happen. no rain, so thin they will dissipate as we head through the afternoon,zc'u increasiypz sunshine today, yesterday we talked about a rainbow day me some of your pictures and you this was from brentwood yesterday morning. this one spanning the bay bridge this was from mission bay across the bay bridge , in by anonymous, thank you. right now temperature-wise mo
on adoptions is part of their revenge for a set of human rights sanctions passed by the united states congress and signed in to law earlier this movement russia is the third most popular country for americans to adopt. over 60,000 of them have happened since the fall of the soviet union but recently very have become a political football. officials point to the cases of 19 children who have died after being adopted by americans. the issue caught fire in 2010 when this boy was put on a plane alone by his adopted mother. the majority of russians support the ban but it's also sparked outrage among many who say this is playing politics with children. the griffins meanwhile are holding out for a miracle. >> you hope that it's not a door shut but just -- that it's just a hurdle, a delay, we simply don't know. >> reporter: abc news. >> and now, maryland's most accurate forecast. >> take a look at it. sunset comes early these days no question. current conditions now at the airport 37 degrees. winds are west at 16, been a gusty day with high wind advisories across the area. we continue to see the wi
, despite everybody's efforts, because of that what he wants to happen is for the very least for congress to pass a tax cut extension for 98% of americans. his plan which he campaigned on for five years. mitch mcconnell spoke to the president as did the other leaders before the president left hawaii. what mcconnell aide is still saying is that the impression he got is that the white house would or at least some democrat whether it's the white house or harry reid's office would provide the details of what that legislation would look like. they said with tongue firmly in cheek, we checked in a process conference and it can't get through the senate. we need to see if anything will get done and at the same time jessica is hearing from white house sources, i am hearing for democratic sources that they are pushing the ball squarely in the republican court and saying mitch mcconnell, the house speaker john boehner needs to work out what could get through before we do anything. that's a long way of saying yes, the blame game is full force which probably is quite disturbing to people looking at th
trickles down to those in the congress. we have lost the election. we have some problems in our party. we're trying to pass legislation to move the country forward. much to the happiness of the people on your side, it looks a little discombobulated on our side but right now we have to buckle down and bring forth meaningful legislation that will avoid the fiscal cliff, show some leadership, and show the american people why republican governance is better. oh, joy, i know you got something you want to say. >> you know what, karen, i just was thinking as you were doing your intro, nothing says republican/tea party like an old paul and his body man with a gun facing off with a guy with mutton chop side burns. that is the republican party. >> it's supposed to be a grassroots movement. >> that is the republican party and that's the problem. this is a party in complete disarray. they are essentially still the same thing they were before, the plutocrats, the evangelicals, and the sort of archi bunker guys. none of them can agree on what the party is supposed to stand for. the only thing they agre
although congress to pass the individual mandate, which says the individuals have good health insurance. as i sat in court on june 28th in her chief justice roberts announce a decision in the case, i learned the answer to that question, which was no, it doesn't. the commerce clause does not allow the court, the congress to invoke an individual mandate. but then in a decision that stunned many people, but no one more than me, john roberts reached for a subsidiary argument that had only been pending, only mentioned in passing that the supreme court and lower courts that the individual mandate is a permissible use of the taxing power of congress and not the commerce clause and thus the law could be upheld. a question of finance dissipate by. there were three main reasons. one is i think you have to take his opinion at face value. he simply thought of this legitimate use of the taxing power. i think the second and third are more important. the second and third -- the second is that john roberts sought health care, as many people saw help care, is the third in a trilogy of cases concerning w
have scared congress into passing all kinds of rules against keeping data. we do not know for sure. some estimates put it at 40% of guns are sold by unlicensed sellers, 60% through federally licensed dealers. nobody really knows. we know the number of background checks performed, the number of dealers, but we do not know the rest. host: legal curbs said to hamper, in "the new york times." guest: we do not have a registry of guns. we do not have a registry of gun owners. the rules are the opposite. the fbi cannot keep data on its gun checks for more than 24 hours. since we purchased it at every single day. that includes state of people who'd been prohibited from buying guns. the watch list and prohibited from flying, door not necessarily prohibited from buying a gun. there are a lot of very odd things in the way we keep data. host: the fbi has to purge within 24 hours. could somebody buy a gun every two or three days? guest: in most states, there are no limits at all. you could buy as many guns as you like. host: in one stop? guest: in one stop. people often do. the way we define wh
vast quantities of milk at twice the wholesale rate. two bills are in congress. the senate passed one for $23 billion in savings. the house is looking to enact 35 billion. the sticking point the full house of representatives hasn't approved the bill. >> the farm bill is like this low hanging ornament on the congressional christmas tree that if they just embrace it, they can automatically come up with tens of billions of dollars in budget savings. and then they can figure out where else they need to cut spending after that. >> reporter: the secretary of agriculture tom vilsack has said his department is preparing a case the permanent law comes into effect. temporary solution is to attach a farm bill extension to the fiscal cliff legislation. harris? harris: is there anything besides milk we need to be aware of? are we looking potentially at higher prices among many farming commodities for example? >> reporter: yeah. it is not just the cows. it is the crops too. it is possibility the government could end up being biggest customer to farming harris. >> things like wheat and corn, their p
that's what the big challenge is. >> chip, is that the biggest strategy here, get to the third and pass the third, the new congress comes in, boehner danger doesn't exist anymore, his speakership stays in place and grover norquist gives a thumbs up to up? >> i don't think that was the strategy a week ago. i think the speaker was trying to put the deal together, as we've seen the senate not -- i think that may become the strategy. i've always thought they would wait until the last hour, put a band eight on it, but wait until the iii so they can vote for a tax cut makes sense as well. >> marjorie, there will be people on the left looking at this. this is basically a clean late. does the left look at this as a way for the president to stand firm in the fact that in one federal voice he was reelected on taxes going up. so is this going to be palatability to the left if the president is standing firm? >> absolutely. you've seen his numbers have increased since the election and also increased in how people view his handling of the fiscal cliff, while attitudes towards republicans are consiste
, dysfunctional congress. >> we're not going to allow what has happened in the past to go on. >> congress has just three business days to pass legislation to avoid going over the fiscal curb. president obama has cut his hawaii vacation short and is on his way back to washington. the democratic senate will be in session tomorrow but the republicans are staying home. the republican aides tell nbc news that the house will not be in for business tomorrow. they released the statement calling on the senate to act first. senate majority leader harry reid quickly responded with a statement of his own. how else republicans pushed middle class families closer to the cliff by wasting an entire week with their incompetent plan b stunt. it is time for house republicans to put middle class families first by passing the senate's bill to protect 98% of americans from a tax hike on january 1st. the senate bill could pass tomorrow if house republicans would simply let it come to the floor. despite the impasse in washington, a new gallup poll shows 50% of people still believe it is likely that president obama and re
is sketchy. in fact, it is was the n.r.a. and other gun rights movement have scared congress into passing rules into keeping data. we do know for sure. some estimates put it at 40% of guns by unlicensed sellers. but nobody really knows. we know the number of background checks performed. we don't know the rest. guest: we don't have a registry of gun owners and, in fact, the rules are opposite. the rules are so strict that the f.b.i. can't keep data on its gun checks more than 24 hours. they have to purge their data every day and that includes data of people who have been prohibited from buying guns. there is other perverse things in the law. if you are on the terrorist watch list and prohibited from flying you are not in the instant check system, you are not prohibited from buying a gun unless you follow in one of those categories. host: if the f.b.i. has to purge within 24 hours, could somebody buy a gun every three days, two three days or so? are there limits on how many guns you can buyin a year? guest: there is not a federal limit. you can buy a dozen guns or two dozen guns, you can bu
, they want congress to pass the ban on big, dramatic-looking assault-type weapons that existed from 1994 until the law sun-setted in 2004. government, for the past 80 years, or so, has seen its purpose as mainly to respond to society's failures the moment they occur or whenever they are imagined. adam lanza killed with guns so modern, policy-making logic posits that government must pass a law. whether that law will accomplish its goal is irrelevant. policy-making has become an activity that supports the genetic and financial needs of policymakers and their follower tribes. the community's role, we've lately learned, is to provide revenue. where are we going with that? >> i think he started off in a legitimate direction where he talked about how much of the legislation is done with deadlines and during lame-duck sessions. we're responsive as opposed to getting proactive. i get where he's coming from with respect to failures with the assault weapons ban in 1994. if you had a ban prior to 1994, you could hold on to it, but that doesn't excuse the government from trying to curb some of these
to be really hard to see a way out of that. >> reporter: if congress does not act before the end of the year, the public's reaction will determine how fast congress moves to fix the damage. >> what forces action after we pass the deadline is the public reaction to it. and so i think the big question is going to be what happens in the real economy, how frustrated are average americans that their paycheck is meaningfully smaller? and if that is a massive reaction, then they'll get a quick response. >> reporter: while u.s. markets have been fairly weak lately, they have not yet registered true alarm at the prospect of deadlock in washington. it seems many investors see the fiscal cliff as a slope that will only gradually impact the economy. but washington analysts believe investors may be underestimating the prospect 2013 will roil the economy with a series of fights over taxes, government shut downs and debt limit increases. >> i actually had one hedge fund manager say to me, "oh, they'd never allow to go over the cliff, because they, they being members of congress, would be embarrassed by thi
.c. because congress actually did its job and passed the budget by the beginning of of the fiscal year in october. so there this government by crisis, this budgeting at the last minute is a new thing and it's a real problem. >> warner: explain to us the tea party's view here. last week, when speaker boehner -- when house republicans,-- some of them-- revolted against his attempt they have to plan "b," tax on millionaires, many in the tea party-- at least that i read about and heard-- cheered him, cheered the revolt. why? >> oh, yeah, we did as well. the problem is that you can't get to real tax reform at the end of the day in a crisis and if barack obama-- who's the only man that can stop a massive tax increase on january 1-- wants to do that, there's nothing house republicans can do to stop it. >> warner: with but explain why they were -- i mean, was it just that any deal that raised taxes period -- no compromise was worth that. >> it's hard to compromise when there's not two sets of ideas on the table. the senate democrats have never passed a budget resolution so how do you split the
for a vote unlil he is sure it will pass both houses of congress and one of the reasons for that is a political one. he knows republicans won't want to take a vote to effectively increase taxes for that reason, to say i did it because i want to make sure most americans kept their tax cuts in place but also because of the markets. they really feel here if they take a failed vote and we still go over the fiscal cliff it will make the market reaction even worse than it would be if the fiscal cliff just happens which is not going to be a good scene probably. >> dana, that ing you very much. we'll be back with you in a half hour. >>> the adupgs of a russian child was almost complete. now an american couple is watching their dream crumble. [ thinking ] wonder what other questionable choices i've made? i choose date number 2! whooo! [ sigh of relief ] [ male announcer ] choose taste. choose prego. [ tylenol bottle ] me too! and nasal co [ tissue box ] he said nasal congestion. yeah...i heard him. [ female announcer ] tylenol® cold multi-symptom nighttime relieves nasal congest
suggesting much still needs to be done if a deal is to be struck and passed through congress by the end of the year. >> sam garner stated that the government may go out of money on december 31st. he stated that the government may not have enough to spend for next month. >> approval ratings for president obama and his cabinet are mixed. a new poll shows 52 percent of people surveyed approved of the president's performance while 43 percent disapprove. but as president joe biden's numbers are in line with the president. 54 percent approve of his job performance while 40 percent do not. first lady michelle obama has a 73 percent approval rating. all going secretary of state hillary clinton is also popular with a 66 percent approval rating. >> a new gallup poll shows a majority of americans supported stricter gun laws but most are against banning assault weapons. 58 percent of americans now say that they do support stricter gun laws. that is up from 43% in october 2011. 48% of the public say that they want to enforce current laws while 47 percent once the new legislation. the law to ban assa
is saying, congress, if they don't do anything now, might as well pass something on january 3rd but in actuality they could pass today. do you think people are understanding how absurd it is? >> no. the american people understand how absurd this is. we've been seeing poll after poll after poll showing the american people, if the country goes over the cliff, would is to blame? the republicans get the majority of the blame. speaker boehner and his plan b could not even get the republicans in his caucus to pass a tax increase on people making $1 million when we already know through november election and through subsequent public opinion polls, the american people are perfectly fine with raising taxes on people earning incomes of $250,000 and above. so the idea that the republican party can't -- i mean, i should say speaker boehner can't get his caucus in line to do something that's for the best of the country right now abdomen opposed to waiting until january 3rd, yeah, people outside of the beltway completely get it. >> jonathan, thank you so much for joining us. we appreciate it.
the video protection act. here's what the problem is those bills were passed during the reagan administration. the way we store the way we use information has vastly changed. the process was we would update this film congress says this we would have something that is a little more consumer friendly to address our present day usage and needs. did it happen did it not in some prerespects it did some it did not. e-mails over 6 months old they are considered abandoned. what does that mean? the government doesn't need probable cause they don't need they send a request saying we are conducting a little investigation give up the information and as a result of that these third party providers have to hand it over. it was thought there would be a provision if up want these i mails get a warrant. back in 88 nowadays we had twitter we have facebook social media has evolved. he was in diapers at the time these old bills passed. >> he was about 4 years old at the time. two years old if we are talking the 1986 law. the way we use information has vastly changed you would think lawmakers would
out. after the gop went into recess last week after the gop didn't have enough support to pass its own plan "b." congress has very little time, though, five days to be exact to come up with some kind of a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. it may already be too late with the way things work on capitol hill. let's bring in jonathan allen, the senior washington kpon for politico. jonathan, let's get to that. i think if everything lines up they could possibly get a deal signed from the fiscal cliff but when does that ever happen? >> yes, i think the problem, drew, there isn't that much time when congress has a consensus they can move quickly but there's no indication of that right now. all of the players seem locked into their strategies. for folks familiar with economic theory, this is a nash equilibrium. they believe given what the other folks are doing their pursuing their optimal path and that path seems to be leading us toward that fiscal cliff. i think most folks in washington expect that that will happen rather than some sort of fix here in the last couple days. >> so the senators and
received his pecks after being imprisoned for his misconduct. . >> congress recently did expand the number of crimes for which its members would be stripped of their pensions and the u.s. house just passed a bill making it harder for federal workers who are suspended from the job to keep getting paid during that suspension. but that's not yet law. >> that was macfarlane reporting. >>> a national study has found modest declines in obesity in toddlers in poor families. researchers say the obesity epidemic may have peaked in kids between the ajs of two and four -- ages of two and four. scientists say school exercise programs are one reason for the change. broad changes in health and eating activities are also thought to be factors. >>> san francisco city officials are looking at a plan in which they would pay employees to make healthy choices. a new study those two-shirdz of the city -- two-thirds of the city workers are overweight or obesity. they will consider whether paying people to make healthy choice social security cheaper than paying for increased health care costs. >>> going over the
enough votes to pass the house as well. whether they can do that in the next few days is an open question. >> just procedurally too, that takes time. and congress notoriously moves slowly. one wall street economist suggested, and this caught my attention, bun ji jump off the cliff. meaning we'll bounce back afterwards meaning once the tax hikes goes into effect congress will have no choice. they will have to introduce a bill that everyone can agree on. what's your take on that. what are your congressional sources saying to you privately? >> they are saying the betting money is on that right noug. it's an interesting way to put it. the whole concept of taking a vote in the next five days on anything would effectively would be to raise taxes. each of the senators would be taking a vote that somebody can use against them saying they voted for a tax increase. after january 1st, everybody's taxes will go up so the vote that they can take would be to cut taxes, a very different vote politically. if you look at the calendar with regard to the bun ji jump, the 1st of january is a holiday. wall st
that are worried about their tack pass and finances and how to feed their family and how to write those checks for the bills that they know are coming. and yet then you have members of congress and such going on vacation, even the president himself. we would all like to go to hawaii but honestly it was very upsetting. so many people i talked to over the holidays they are saying what are they doing? they should be sitting there doing the tough work we pay them to do, representing us in their various districts and states. >> the optics are terrible, but here's the reality, kimberly. and i'm not disagreeing with the folks that told you that. but the reality is when we are in washington there's one person negotiating on behalf of the house and then 434 people are sitting around naming post offices or playing solitary on their computers. there's only one person who is negotiating on behalf of the house and that's john boehner. and frequently he's negotiating by himself. i'll say this, it's good for us to go home to the people we work for so we can get an earful, as i have gotten over the last three
colleagues in congress helped kree yit. >> yes. by the way, there's other things involved to be working on right now. money for sandy, the money -- >> what's the latest on that? really quickly. >> the senate's got to pass it. amendments to be taken care of. you say you don't have enough time to do this legislation that will keep us from drifting in to a recession, we need to do the same thing, the same amount of courage to deal with sandy right away and stop nitpick this legislation. >> congressman -- >> new jersey and new york are presenters when it comes to taxes. our state's pay high taxes. when were there when katrina victims, that's beside the point of red or blue states. you do what you have to do. that's what needs to be done right now. not only is the budget critical right now, sandy's critical and a lot of other thing that is need to be done there. amt. >> all right. >> look at the folks -- >> congressman. >> don't have a payroll. >> congressman, i have to cut you off. >> okay. >> but thank you so much. >> thank you, craig. >> keep us posted on the progress if there is any. >>>
i believe has been the least productive, most confrontational, the least compromising congress in which i have served, and i have been here since 1981. the senate tomorrow will consider the sandy supplemental legislation. hopefully they will pass that tomorrow or by saturday. certainly, the house of representatives needs to address that supplemental to give relief to those that were savaged by sandy in the worst storm that has hit the northeast perhaps in history. the violence against women act passed senate overwhelmingly, something that we could work on today. the farm bill expires on december 31. milk prices will spike substantially if that bill is left to expire. mr. cantor indicated that would be addressed before we left here at the end of the 112th congress. that is some six days, a week off, four days until december 31, obviously. the foreign intelligence surveillance act, to continue making this country safe and secure and empower our people to protect us from those who would harm us, that bill is being considered on the senate today on the floor. the senate is here wor
the holiday, but certainly now, particularly if you remember for congress broke for the christmas break, speaker raynor was not able to get the backup plan through his caucus, so there was no pressure on democrats to try to counter that immediately. senate democrats saying we passed a bill that raises tax rates on incomes over $250,000, we ran on this and this is what we are offering. house republicans were saying, no, we want to negotiate something, figure it out and send it to us. someone is going to have to move. the question is, who? the president met with senate majority leader harry reid before going to hawaii and his offer was to extend the tax cuts for incomes under $250,000, extend unemployment insurance benefits, and the lady across -- and then delay the across the board automatic cuts that are supposed to start january 1. that seems to be a non starter with republicans. it's hard to see where we go from here. host: have they been talking over the christmas break at all? also, one has been the role of -- what has been the role of senator mitch mcconnell? guest: the line that
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